— We are excited to have started building the SURE HOUSE in a parking lot on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken New Jersey. “SURE Construction” is a subset of our PopSci blog that we’ll use to chronicle our construction process. Check back often if you want to follow our progress and get a first hand view of how a sustainable and resilient house takes shape.
Strength and Thermal Efficiency
SURE HOUSE’s roof is framed with engineered lumber for increased strength and to reduce thermal bridging.
Beams + Columns
Primary beams connect steel columns…
Roof + Walls
…to wood wall framing…
…creating support for the secondary structure of the I-joists.
Putting the “i” in Efficiency
Compared to dimensional lumber, I-joists have a thin profile that reduces the volume of material displacing insulation in the roof cavity, also called a “thermal bridge”
Keeping it all Tight
As with our walls, air sealing is integrated with the roof framing process. Here pieces of our air barrier material, Intello, are stapled to the top of our primary beams…
Roof Air Barrier
…allowing for an air barrier uninterrupted by structural framing.
With the addition of a 1 foot tall parapet, the skeleton of our house is complete. Keep checking back as we continue to chronicle our construction process.